KidsAccomplish Executive Board 2018/2019
The perfect team — students who are passionate about education and youth development.
"Music class that does not teach you how to play notes perfectly but allows kids listen to ordinary sound from surroundings and to recreate that sound with their percussion sets. Literature class that its discussion is not limited to the usage of Singlish in literature but challenges kids to think about how Singlish shape their identities. As I facilitate such lessons for KidsAccomplish, I aspire to suggest them the foundation for their self-learning, not to give them lectures with bullet-pointed learning outcomes. When children ask me “Why is this?” my dream grew bigger. I hope to provide a space for them to grow without a fear of failing and to ask questions without a fear of being wrong."
"To me, KidsAccomplish is as much a space for the team as it is for the kids, to grow and be inspired. I've always believed in moving the education system towards getting kids to understand more beyond what they're learning in the textbook, and to love learning, and I feel this is paving the way for that. I myself have been greatly inspired by the kids to appreciate what I learn in Yale-NUS more. We have amazing kids here, and it really warms my heart to see them so excited about learning."
Tammy is currently a freshman in Yale-NUS, born and bred in sunny Singapore. She can't quite decide on what she wants to do, but at some point wants to start a brand of her own. Meanwhile, she dabbles in dance, journalism, video-editing, and consulting. You'll probably not find her doing anything in her free time, since her free time doesn't exist- but she definitely enjoys everything she's doing.
Terence is a first year student who is deciding between majoring in either Anthropology or Philosophy. Having worked with children before at a student care centre as a relief teacher, he takes great joy from interaction with them. He wishes that he could be more proficient in tarot reading.
"I am inspired every week by the kids at KidsAccomplish. Their inquisitive and indomitable spirit coupled with the innocence of childhood reminds me of the good in the world and why I strive to make positive contributions to society."
Joey is a first-year student at Yale-NUS with interest in education and public relations. She seeks to contribute positively to society through non-profit work leveraging on organisational, and communication skills. Enamoured with her golden retriever named Sophie, Joey also dog sits for other people at home.
"I like the space created by KidsAccomplish! - with running kids eager to learn, share and play, there is hardly a space like that in Yale-NUS College! Although sometimes it is difficult to get a hold of those packets of high energy, being in this unique space somehow makes me enthusiastic and optimistic about life and all its hidden treasures. It is hard not to get affected by the infectious vibes of curiosity from kids :)"
Chu Hsien is a junior who is majoring in Life Sciences. Her interests mainly lie in dissecting the intersection between the mind, brain and behavior of herself and her fellow human beings. She finds meaning in spending her time absorbing ideas from past thinkers, people-watching or simply having a light-hearted conversation with her dear ones.
"I really like that KidsAccomplish! is constantly on the lookout for new endeavours and initiatives to improve our programme! Into our third year now, KidsAccomplish! has grown from 10 volunteers to 30 volunteers, from 18 students to 45 students. But we still continue to constantly innovate and enhance our curriculum, pedagogy and training. It is this sort of growth mindset which we embody and hope to inspire in the students we teach."
Saza is a third-year Anthropology student and she is fascinated by the way anthropology complicates and problematizes our social relations, cultures and assumptions all the time. She is currently serving as President of the Student Government at Yale-NUS, and so she spends her spare time thinking of ways to make the student experience better, improving relationships with senior leadership, and not stressing too much over bad decisions she might make. Saza hopes to be in a management position in the UN one day!
Past Elective Managers
"I enjoy the curiosity and the enthusiasm on the part of the students in the program. Their questions constantly expose blind-spots and assumptions within my own thinking, and I leave every lesson having learned something new about the topic which I’ve been ostensibly teaching them. I also enjoy just having the opportunity to give back some of what I’ve been lucky enough to learn these past few years, both throughout high school and in college."
Patrick is a second-year philosophy major. He is primarily interested in political theory and normative philosophy, although he maintains interests in economics, mathematics, and game theory. Recently, he has become increasingly concerned about the logic of nuclear deterrence.
"Every Saturday, I marvel at kids' ability to simultaneously be complex and simple. Upon growing up, I have found myself overthinking simple scenarios and glossing over concepts that require complex thought. In KidsAccomplish! I relearn curious, complex thinking from the students every time when they integrate concepts and ask me if "neuronal electrical impulses mean our body functions as a circuit." And also learn to simplify my life by following their simple, one-step solutions to life problems, words of wisdom sprinkled across their playful break, "if you get stressed, just play with my slime stress-ball"."
Anandita is a sophomore deeply in love with Psychology. Through research in mindset and motivation, she especially wants to explore Psychology's contributions to pedagogy. She believes that abilities and interests are ever expanding, inversely proportional only to laziness!